Day 1
03 Jul 2018
Day 2
04 Jul 2018

Registration and refreshments

Welcome remarks from AME Trade

Opening Address

Adapting African commodity policy to market shifts and attract further financial and strategic partners

Keynote Address

The role of collaboration in ensuring the sustainable and inclusive growth of Africa’s mining industry

Keynote Panel

Developing financial and strategic partnerships to advance new and existing African mining projects
  • The increasing competition for FDI? Where does Africa sit?
  • The role of the EU as a customer for African minerals
  • Evaluating the role of each stakeholder in mitigating jurisdictional risk
  • Demonstrating political stability- what are investors looking for?
  • The importance of flexibility in loan instruments to cater to regional and regulatory differences
Rudolph de Bruin
Timothy Mingo
Louis Coetzee
10:40

Coffee break

SESSION 1: OUTLOOK FOR AFRICAN COMMODITIES

In light of the recent global rebound in commodity prices, mining companies and international investors need to discuss how to capitalise on upcoming market shifts and the most promising commodity investments.

·       Reviewing hedging strategies to boost returns and mitigate volatility

·       Gold vs Copper- which has a more promising long-term outlook for investors

·       Are we seeing the end of the zinc boom?

·       What are the key drivers for the changing demand for aluminium ore?

·       Are gemstones and diamonds underestimated investment opportunities?

·       Exploring opportunities for battery technology minerals
Claude Bejet
Ingo Hofmaier
Dana Kallasch
12:20 - 13:20

Networking lunch

SESSION 2: MINISTERIAL ADDRESSES

Invited Ministers of Mining from Africa’s most promising countries will give a speech on their country’s mining regulations and advantages for new strategic and financial investors. 13:20 Ministerial Address: SenegalHon Aissatou Sophie Gladima Siby, Minister of Mines and Geology13:30 Ministerial Address: MaliMakkan Moussa Sissko, Secretary General14:20 Ministerial Address: Zambia (Invited)  14:50 Ministerial Address: Burkina Faso (Invited)  
14:30

Coffee Break

SESSION 3: SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA’S GEOLOGICAL HOTSPOTS

Leading mining companies and technology providers will present case studies on the geology of different African regions and help delegates identify Africa’s next world-class mineral deposits. 

16:10 Case Study:  Underlining the geological potential for world-class mineral deposits across West Africa

Senior Member of the exploration team, Randgold

16:20 Case Study: Project update: Eithiopia

Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Executive Director, KEFI Minerals

16:50 Case Study: Discovering Mali’s untapped gold potential

17:10 Case Study: Unlocking the gold potential of Burkina Faso

Stephen Letwin, CEO, IAMGOLD
Steve Letwin
Harry Anagnostaras-Adams

Close of conference day 1

17:30 - 22:00

Cocktail reception

Registration and refreshments

SESSION 4: INVESTING IN DISRUPTOR MINING TECHNOLOGY

As developments in digital technology provide mining companies with more and more opportunities to increase productivity and lower operational costs, it is vital that stakeholders discuss the next steps in investing in disruptor technology:·       Who are the major strategic and financial partners advancing digital mining technologies?·       The role of digital technology improving exploration techniques and lowering investment risk·       Onsite electricity generation- the answer to lowering costs?·       Balancing automation and efficiency with current labour laws and local content policies·       Overcoming adoption barriers to smoothly integrate green and digital technologies
Daniel Major
10:00

Coffee break

SESSION 5: GENERATING SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Following the uptick in commodity prices, investors are putting an emphasis on accountability and returns, mining companies need to therefore work alongside their financial partners to establish how to create long-term returns in a cyclical industry• Key success factors for raising capital in current market conditions• Assessing stakeholder engagement strategies to develop long-term returns in a cyclical industry• Following restructures, what is the potential for mining companies to see sustainable growth?• Return on invested capital- an effective metric to demonstrate shareholder value?• Portfolio optimisation- balancing Greenfield exploration, brownfield expansion and acquisition strategy
Angelos Damaskos
Steve Letwin
Bernard Pryor
12:00

Networking lunch

SESSION 6: STATEGIES FOR RAISING CAPITAL

As competition for investment increases and mineral prices stabilize, there will be a shift in the status quo of mining finance sources. Now mining companies and investors need to discuss the role of different financial instruments and their suitability for each project.

• Will traditional equity and debt markets remain the main source of funding for all players?
• How can small and mid-cap players capitalise on the increase interest from P.E investors?
• What role will Private Equity have in supporting the industry as commodity prices stabilize?
• Examining alternative funding sources- JVs, development backed funding and state backed funding
• Will lower debts and better liquidity enable miners to finance their own projects in the future?

SESSION 7: TRADE FINANCE

As production of African raw materials increases, the role of structured trade finance must change to accommodate new players. Leading banks and specialist traders will discuss the next steps in overcoming trade barriers.
  • How is regulation affecting banks willingness to finance some commodity transactions?
  • Has the upturn in commodity price improved investors’ appetite for risk?
  • What are the next steps in increasing intra-Africa trade?
  • The role of digitisation in overcoming trade barriers
  • Will impact will recent block-chain developments have on STCF?
  • How can collateral management agreements make commodity finance more secure?
15:20 - 15:50

Coffee Break

Close of Conference Day 2

Close of Conference

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